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Karra Bikson

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work Dept. of Social Change and Innovation

Dr. Bikson is an expert in health policy, grief and bereavement, gerontology, human behavior, and social welfare policy.

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Karra Bikson
Email:  bikson@usc.edu
Phone:  +1 917.348.9716
Rank:  Clinical Teaching
Department:  Social Change and Innovation
Assignment:  VAC

Karra Bikson

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work Dept. of Social Change and Innovation

Dr. Bikson is an expert in health policy, grief and bereavement, gerontology, human behavior, and social welfare policy.

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Biography

Dr. Bikson is a clinical associate professor in the Virtual Academic Center where she is co-chair of the Health concentration. Bikson’s career integrates social work education, practice and research, with an emphasis in health care and gerontology. She has taught in the areas of health policy, grief and bereavement, death and dying, gerontology, human behavior in the social environment, and social welfare policy and history. Bikson’s clinical work primarily has been in the area of palliative care, hospice and emergency department practice. Her research interests have multiple focuses, including innovation diffusion, organizational change, interdisciplinary team service technology, primarily employing case study and qualitative research methodologies. Bikson’s current research centers on palliative care as an innovative interdisciplinary team technology.

Education

University of California

PhD 2007

University of California

MSW 2000

San Francisco State University

MA 1997

University of California

BA 1986

Area of Expertise

  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Gerontology
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Education
  • Health Policy
  • Death and Dying
  • Hospice and Palliative Care

Industry Experience

  • Research
  • Education/Learning

Research Interest

  • Aging
  • Health
  • Organization/Workplace

Affiliations

  • American Society on Aging (ASA)
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
  • Society for Social Work & Research (SSWR)

Accomplishments

Young Investigators Award
2010 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Paper Award,
2010 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
Scholarship Award
2007 College of Palliative Care, AAHPM Annual Assembly

Articles & Publications

Psychosocial problems in primary care: Patient and provider perceptions | Social Work in Health Care
Bikson, K., McGuire, J., Blue-Howells, J., & Seldin-Sommer, L.
2009 Primary care physicians and clinics have become the frontline of health care for most Americans—they are the first point of contact and the source of both treatment and referrals. Psychosocial problems, such as difficulty with finances, family, housing, and work, are associated with a high demand for medical care in primary care practice, yet little is known about the prevalence of psychosocial problems in primary care settings. The purpose of this study is to assess the type and level of psychosocial problems in primary care patients by examining patient and provider perceptions at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS). A purposive sample of 684 veterans and a convenience sample of 59 providers anonymously completed the Social Needs Checklist. Patients reported an average of five psychosocial problems, with finances, personal stress, transportation, employment, and legal issues being the most prevalent. Thirty-two percent of patients indicated a desire to see a social worker. Provider and patient differences were compared. Provider estimates of patients' problems were consistently lower than patient estimates in all psychosocial problem areas except need for nursing home placement and problem drinking or drug use. Implications for social work in primary care are discussed.